Reading Habits Challenge

First, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you beautiful people out there. I crossed the 100 mark in followers a little bit ago. Every one of you have been a great encouragement to me. I only hope that I have been able to return a fraction of that encouragement to you. It may not seem like a big number to some people, but even having one follower means the world to me. So, thank you.

Second. The June Newsletter is out! That’s right, the first issue of my monthly newsletter is available. To get your copy, you just have to subscribe. You can get all the details here, of course. So, don’t just sit there! Go get it!

Finally, The Challenge. Charles French has issued a Reading Habits Challenge that you can read about here. It looks more like a Q&A to me, but semantics. I’m agreeing to it, because I would love to hear from all of you on this subject. So, when it comes to my nominations, I nominate: YOU! Yes, it may seem a cop-out, but I am far too interested in hearing about all of your reading habits to limit my nominations to a few. So, if you want, tell me and all of your readers about your reading habits. I think it’ll make for an interesting discussion.

Now, for my answers:

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Honestly, my reading habits are sporadic at best. Most of what I read right now are books that I read to my children at night. Jules Verne classics are on the reading list right now with them. As well as Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Mary Poppins collection, etc. (Of course, they read those on their own a lot.) As for my own pleasure, I scroll through a lot of fantasy or best sellers. I usually pick up what my wife recommends. Also, a lot of what I read has to do with Bible devotionals and spiritual insight books (Such as Francis Chan, David Platt, Jen Hatmaker, Don Miller, etc.)

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

No, I don’t. I used to feel guilty about this. I figured if I just give the writer some grace. If I just pushed through, I would love it. I have found that if I think that, chances are that I won’t love it. There are so many things that demand my attention, why spend it on a book I’m not loving?

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

Now, while I am on Goodreads, I’m not aware of this. I’m still pretty new to it, so I guess I’m missing something. However, I don’t really have reading goals. I love to read, but as I said before, I’m sporadic at best. This is why I love audio books. I discovered them a few years ago, and they’ve been great. I can listen to a great book read by some very talented voice artists while I work. It’s a great way to make my day go by without my brain becoming mush. I think whoever invented the Overdrive program (and app) is a genius. I can grab any book I want from my library through the app and listen to my hearts content.

The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to covers. I’ve learned the importance of them since I’m looking to finish my book and eventually publish it, but I’ve not given much thought to them in what I read. Especially since I do a lot of audio book listening right now.

Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Really don’t care if they like a book I don’t or vice versa. Everyone has their own tastes, and mine are usually pretty different than most people I know. I respect them. Now, who do I bond with? Right now, my kids. They’re getting into the same stuff that I love, so I can share that love with them. Also, I’m slowly making my wife into a geek like me. She’s into fantasy as much as I am now. Sci-Fi is slowly coming around.

You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I just cry. I’ll wipe the tears from my eyes, but I don’t really give much thought to “who might be watching”. This happens frequently. I immerse myself into what I read (or even watch in movies) so, it’s not atypical for me to cry or feel the emotions the characters are experiencing. I only hope to be able to write a character and scene well enough to impact my readers that way.

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I will try and reread the first if I can’t remember. Interestingly, as bad as my memory is, I usually can remember what the first book was about. I may forget some things here and there, but they come back to me as I read the sequel.

You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

I let people borrow books all the time. Still waiting for a couple of them to be returned, actually. I don’t know. I think books should be shared. It’s part of the experience, and maybe building more of that bond mentioned earlier.

You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

My life could be considered a reading slump. Did I mention I read sporadically? I just push through and hope to find something good the next time.

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

As a family, we do buy a lot of books. However, I think I mentioned how much I love public libraries. If not, I love Public Libraries! They more than take care of my reading needs…and I don’t have to spend so much money (except when, you know, I’m late in returning the books and I get fees).

After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

I usually read whatever I buy or pick up right away. However, finishing them is another matter. I’m a pretty slow reader as well as sporadic. I’ll read, then I’ll put the book down. It might be a couple of weeks before I pick it up again. Not always, but it does happen.

Nomination time

As I said above, I nominate all of you who are reading this right now. It would be great to see what you have to say. Maybe you’re a bit more consistent than I am or maybe you’re a lot like me. I doubt that, but maybe.

Now, Go read something!

Like, my Library page, or my Experiment story, or something not by me. Don’t worry, I won’t take offense.

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